American Football Database
Houston Bowl (defunct) Houston Bowl
Stadium Reliant Stadium
Location Houston, Texas
Previous stadiums Astrodome
Operated 2000–05
Sponsors (2000–01) (2002–05)
Former names Bowl (2000–01)

The Houston Bowl is a now-defunct NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game that was played annually in Houston, Texas from 2000 to 2005. The game was originally known as the Bowl (for the website of the Houston furniture chain of the same name) in 2000 and 2001. In 2002, the Houston Bowl was born and later named the Houston Bowl for the remainder of the game's existence.

The Houston Bowl was played in two locations during its tenure. Houston's Reliant Astrodome housed the Bowl. And, in 2002, the game moved to Reliant Stadium, the home of the NFL's Houston Texans. However, after 2005, the bowl failed to return as a sponsor, and the game management was turned over to the Texans, and the NFL Network changed the game's name to the Texas Bowl. While officially two separate games, it is considered that the 2006 Texas Bowl is the successor to the 2005 Houston Bowl.

Game results

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 27, 2000 East Carolina 40 Texas Tech 27 notes
December 28, 2001 Texas A&M 28 TCU 9 notes
December 27, 2002 Oklahoma State 33 Southern Miss 23 notes
December 30, 2003 Texas Tech 38 Navy 14 notes
December 29, 2004 Colorado 33 UTEP 28 notes
December 30, 2005 TCU 27 Iowa State 24 notes


Date played MVPs Team Position
December 27, 2000 David Garrard East Carolina QB
Bernard Williams East Carolina DT
December 28, 2001 Byron Jones Texas A&M DB
Joe Weber Texas A&M RB
December 27, 2002 Rashaun Woods Oklahoma State WR
Kevin Williams Oklahoma State DT
December 30, 2003 B.J. Symons Texas Tech QB
Adell Duckett Texas Tech DL
December 29, 2004 Joel Klatt Colorado QB
Tom Hubbard Colorado S
December 31, 2005 Jeff Ballard TCU QB
Jason Berryman Iowa State DL

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